Oral Evidence Session
31 October 2002

The second evidence session in connection with the inquiry has been arranged as follows:

Wednesday 6 November

9.30am: Admiral Sir Michael Boyce GCB OBE ADC, Chief of the Defence Staff

The Committee' inquiry into the SDR New Chapter has the following terms of reference -

a. the background to the New Chapter, including

i. the balance between home defence and overseas operations
ii. changes, including technological, in the conduct of military operations;

b. the underlying assumptions with respect to -

iii. number and scale of concurrent operations
iv. sustainability of operations (including use of local infrastructure support)
v. which geographical regions are likely to be the focus of operations; and

c. the resource implications for both personnel and equipment.

The first evidence session of the inquiry was held on 16 October.  The witnesses were MoD officials.

Further evidence sessions will be announced in due course.

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 15 in the Palace of Westminster.  It is likely that some of this evidence will be taken in private.